Alert the Media About the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “Free Trade” Agreement

Help Drag the TPP “Free Trade” Agreement into the Media Spotlight

As the fourteenth round of the TPP negotiations resume in Leesburg, VA, we need to alert the major news outlets and put TPP in the headlines. Follow the steps below and help to drag TPP into the spotlight before it’s too late.

Here’s how:

1. Call or leave a comment for one or all of the major news outlets listed below.

  • New York Times: (212) 556- 7652 Arthur Brisbane, Public Editor (Represents NYT reader concerns)
  • Washington Post: (202) 334-7300 Patrick B. Pexton, Ombudsman
  • Los Angeles Times: Leave a comment about TPP for the reader’s representative of the LA Times here.
  • National Public Radio: (202) 513-3232 (comment hotline) or leave a comment for NPR ombudsman, Edward Schumacher-Matos on NPR’s open forum for listeners. (Note: You will have to log in and create an account to leave a comment)

2. Let major media outlets know that they are not covering a story that could affect our everyday lives — from food safety to offshoring jobs. Feel free to use the script below.

Hi this is __________, and I am a reader/listener of the (name of news outlet). I am really upset that there has been no coverage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). I rely on your reporters to get me the news that is important. I do not understand how you could be missing this story. The TPP is an international agreement that has been under negotiation for three years with the US and 11 other countries. It could be finished this year. It threatens to offshore millions of U.S. jobs, increase medicine prices, flood us with unsafe food imports, and empower corporations to challenge our environmental and consumer safety laws in international tribunals. There have been 600 official corporate advisors who have access to the draft text of this massive deal, but the public and Congress have been locked out. This thing is like “NAFTA on steroids” with a bunch of Asian countries. The next round of negotiations will take place from September 6th-September 15 in Leesburg, VA. Please send a reporter to these negotiations, this agreement is too important to not be covered!

3. Let us know how your call went.

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151-175 of 262 signatures
Number Date Name Location Comments
112 Fri Aug 24 12:49:00 EDT 2012 Scott Hedlin AR
111 Fri Aug 24 12:47:56 EDT 2012 Gayle B. Rosenberry MD
110 Fri Aug 24 12:47:42 EDT 2012 Luther E. Franklin WA Call to WP left as message.
109 Fri Aug 24 12:44:35 EDT 2012 Dennis Bouchard MA
108 Fri Aug 24 12:43:04 EDT 2012 Clayton Hinman CO You have an opportunity to be on the right side of history or be named as someone who ignored pleas to bring this issue to light. If you can't be that informative voice that keeps America apprised of what More....
107 Fri Aug 24 12:42:53 EDT 2012 Barbra Drake WI I left a voicemail message at NPR, and I also sent an email to the mail supervisor at the CBS Nightly News. I attached your latest email alert, told them I respected their inegrity, and why am I not hearing More....
106 Fri Aug 24 12:42:37 EDT 2012 Rand dawson OR WaPo number isnt direct message line to Patrick....but when routed thru there is a message machine...
105 Fri Aug 24 12:42:37 EDT 2012 Rand dawson OR WaPo number isnt direct message line to Patrick....but when routed thru there is a message machine...
104 Fri Aug 24 12:36:01 EDT 2012 Adam LaManna NC
103 Fri Aug 24 12:34:40 EDT 2012 Daniel Czajkowski MI
102 Fri Aug 24 12:33:13 EDT 2012 Robert Fisch MO The public should be made aware of the potential damage this agreement can do to our economy. This is corporate America taking advantage of it's power to pass law's against the American workers.
101 Fri Aug 24 12:30:49 EDT 2012 Zia Islam CA
100 Fri Aug 24 12:30:19 EDT 2012 Eleanor Kaye FL
99 Fri Aug 24 12:30:01 EDT 2012 Anonymous IL I called or e-mailed all. Not much immediate gratification to this process, but left a bug in their ears and on their e-mails that their investigative journalism is valued and to apply their skills to More....
98 Fri Aug 24 12:29:05 EDT 2012 Brenda Balanda CA Called NPR. First responder said she knew about the issue, but did not know why they are not covering the story. Sent me to voice mail of their ombudsman who I chastised for not covering the story. More....
97 Fri Aug 24 12:24:35 EDT 2012 Steven Kokol PA
96 Fri Aug 24 12:22:27 EDT 2012 Kay Considine-Baran IL I left a vmail with Washington Post-I spoke to two people before I was transferred to vmail.
95 Fri Aug 24 12:20:03 EDT 2012 Anonymous MN If this will effect 10s of Millions, why haven't we heard of this treaty? I didn't agree to it...
why should I be bound to it? Who has that authority and who do they represent?
94 Fri Aug 24 12:17:41 EDT 2012 Beth Beck WI
93 Fri Aug 24 12:16:46 EDT 2012 Edie Buie GA
92 Fri Aug 24 12:16:14 EDT 2012 Mary Joyce Moeller KY Called NPR and was told this was reported on some months ago but my comments would be passed on.
91 Fri Aug 24 12:16:12 EDT 2012 Louis Saksefski OH
90 Fri Aug 24 12:11:39 EDT 2012 Philip IL Left full message.
89 Fri Aug 24 12:07:54 EDT 2012 Patricia Finder-Stone WI I called and spoke with the party who answered and I shared my comments. She listened and then transferred me to the Ombudsman office, but I got an answering machine. Again I shared my concerns, left More....
88 Fri Aug 24 12:06:58 EDT 2012 janna piper OR
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